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Mike Scheidt (Of YOB) – “To Live Is To Fly” (Townes Van Zandt Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

There are two pretty distinct sides to Mike Scheidt’s voice: With YOB and VHOL, he deals in a bottomless roar (which is aided by occasional Halford-ian shrieks on the VHOL record); on his solo stuff, he sings in a warm, cracked, folky tone. There’s little sonic overlap between the two, but there’s an earthiness to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 18, 2014 - 11:22 am

Watch Laura Marling Play New Song “Born To Love,” Cover Townes Van Zandt

If you care even a little about the ongoing health of folky singer-songwriter music, Laura Marling is your girl. Her 2013 album Once I Was An Eagle was one of the best recent examples of the genre in action, and she might already have new music in the works. The lovely unreleased song “Born To… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014 - 9:22 am

John Baizley & Katie Jones – “If I Needed You” (Townes Van Zandt Cover)

When he was recovering from his band’s horrific bus crash in 2012, Baroness frontman John Baizley had to relearn how to play guitar, and he claims that he did so by playing along with the music of Townes Van Zandt, the great country-folk singer-songwriter who died in 1997. At last year’s SXSW, Baizley returned to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2014 - 9:26 am

The 10 Best Townes Van Zandt Songs

Townes Van Zandt, the elegant Texas troubadour who authored some of the finest songs ever written over the course of his 52 troubled years, was always quick to make it known that he was very much in on the cruel joke of his destiny. During a checkered, if frequently brilliant, recording career — often derailed… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / July 18, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Watch Andrew Bird & Tift Merritt On Letterman

Last night, Andrew Bird stopped by the eerily silent, hurricane-stricken studio at the Late Show With David Letterman, bringing Tift Merritt, his peer in singer-songwriterdom, with him. Bird played fiddle, Merritt played guitar, stand-up bass player Alan Hampton played stand-up bass, and all three of them crowded around a single mic bluegrass-style. They covered Towne… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Andrew Bird – “If I Needed You” (Townes Van Zandt Cover)

Townes Van Zandt’s almighty ballad “If I Needed You” is one of those near-perfect songs that it’s just about impossible to effectively cover, even if that hasn’t stopped every subway-platform troubadour worth her acoustic guitar case from trying. And now folk-pop big dog Andrew Bird has tried his hand at it, recording a pretty violin-soaked… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2012 - 2:03 pm